Dr Richard Wright

Personal profile

Richard Wright is a visual artist whose work includes many early digital animations and interactive pieces. He holds a PhD in the aesthetics of digital film making and has published nearly forty book chapters, essays and reviews.

During the 1990s, Richard was one of the pioneers of digital animation as a distinct artistic form in films such as the
animate! commissioned Heliocentrum (1995) – a film about Louis XIV which was described by writer Hari Kunzru as “…both fun and an amazingly effective way of showing how a sovereign manipulated power”.LMX Spiral (1998) was a conceptual music video about the eighties. His last live action film was Foreplay (2004) – described as a “porn film without the sex”. In 2001 he completed the online screensaver The Bank of Time which was nominated for a BAFTA award. From 2004 to 2009 he collaborated with Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji, initially as the artist's group Mongrel. Their final project Tantalum Memorial won the transmediale 09 award. His most recent project was The Elastic System, an interactive web based portrait of the C19th librarian Thomas Watts built in collaboration the British Library.

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